Schools are asked to consider the extent to which they have documented a whole-school teaching and learning plan that provides a high-level summary of the coverage of all the curriculum areas, reflecting the school’s goals, vision and any particular areas of specialisation or innovation.

There are two parts involved at School level planning:

  • Articulating a clear policy direction informing Victorian Curriculum F–10 implementation
  • Documenting a high-level summary of the way the teaching and learning program is structured reflecting the decisions, resources and priorities of the school, such as multi-age classrooms, elective programs, semester length offerings, focusses on literacy and numeracy, integrated teaching units, specialist programs such as religious instructions.

Creating School level documentation needs to be informed by and/or inform the other three interrelated layers:

  • By Curriculum Area – the sequencing of key knowledge and skills across the years of schooling to support a progression of learning
  • By Year Level – a coherent program from a student perspective that enables effective connections across curriculum areas
  • By Unit / Lessons – specifying Victorian Curriculum F–10 content descriptions and achievement standards, activities and resources to ensure students of all achievement levels are able to progress

Self-assessment questions

Does the school have a written statement/policy that:

  • outlines the aim and purpose of the teaching and learning program clearly, including any specialist area/s where relevant?
  • is consistent with the school’s strategic/improvement/action plans?
  • is based on the Victorian Curriculum F–10?

Does the school have a diagram or table to represent its teaching and learning program:

  • for all year levels or bands/stages of schooling?
  • across curriculum areas including the learning areas and capabilities?
  • showing approximate time allocations for all curriculum areas?

Whole-school planning with the Victorian Curriculum F–10

Whole-school planning is a high-level summary of the coverage of all the curriculum areas delivered through the teaching and learning program, and reflects the school's goals, vision and areas of specialisation or innovation. Schools have considerable flexibility in determining how best to organise and structure their teaching and learning programs whilst ensuring coverage of all the curriculum areas.

Victorian Curriculum F–10 whole school planning templates

A range of sample templates have been developed to support schools in documenting this high-level information using the Victorian Curriculum F–10. The templates provide options for schools to consider when deciding how to best represent their teaching and learning program, while ensuring coverage of all the learning areas and capabilities. There is a template for each band of schooling, as well as a number of alternative representations. The templates are published in Excel format and schools can modify the templates to meet their needs.

Victorian Curriculum F–10 whole school planning templates in bands of schooling (xlsx - 87.89kb)

Victorian Curriculum F–10 whole school planning templates for alternative representations (xlsx - 201.76kb)

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Secondary school

Hints and Tips

More about exploring and connecting the four interrelated layers of whole-school curriculum planning.

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Self-assessment tool

The interactive self-assessment tool has been designed to support a school leadership team to review the four essential interrelated layers of the whole-school curriculum plan and identify any areas that require further improvement.

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Examples of whole-school curriculum plans

Whole-school curriculum documents that cascade through the four interrelated layers.

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